2018 Vacation Bible School!

Maker Fun Factory VBS
July 9 – 13
9:00 – 11:30 AM

At Maker Fun Factory VBS, kids discover not only that God made them the way they are, but for a purpose. Maker Fun Factory is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch, and even taste! Sciency-Fun Gizmos, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help faith flow into real life. Since everything is hands on, kids may get a little messy, so be sure they come in their play clothes.

The fun begins on Monday July 9th-Friday July 13th from 9-11:30  ( Sunday, the 15th, we’ll sing our favorite songs and see pictures of the fun the kids had during the week at our 9:00 church service)!

The registration form below may be filled out at home and returned to the church, emailed to Jodi Perez at perez-3@comcast.net, or paper forms are available in the office and on the table outside the sanctuary.

We look forward to an exciting adventure together!

We’re always happy to have volunteers to help that week- please let Jodi Perez know if you’re interested!

 

For the Week ending February 4th

04 FEB Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany 2018

Rise Up! — FOCUS

We can listen for God’s voice, get on the move, and develop confidence in God being one who truly answers us. But these processes, whether foregrounded or running in the background of our lives, may not be enough in themselves to lead us or sustain us on “this tedious journey.” We have to stay focused on where we’re heading if we’re going to get there. And we need to stay focused on the one who gives us the power to get there. So the first response to this week’s sermon is a sung affirmation of faith to strengthen our focus, collectively, on the redemptive presence, work, and power of our God.

REFERENCES:

  • Isaiah 40:21-31
  • Psalm 147:1-11, 20c
  • 1 Corinthians 9:16-23
  • Mark 1:29-39

Prayer

Everlasting God, you are kind and trustworthy. Every day you graciously provide what we need from your abundance. We are grateful that you bring healing and hope for our life as individuals and as a faith community. Accept these monetary gifts and offerings to strengthen our church’s outreach to our neighbors. May more people come to know you and your love through our ministries. We ask this in the precious name of Jesus, our Savior. Amen. (Psalm 147)

 

For the week ending January 28, 2018

28 JAN Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany 2018

Rise Up! — ANSWER

While Moses is assuring the people of God’s plan to provide for a new leader, he also gives them guidelines that the leader must follow. These guidelines are now in the people’s awareness as they prepare for a leadership shift. “If a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord but the thing does not take place or prove true, it is a word that the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; do not be frightened by it.” Our theological task as United Methodists gives us a similar guideline to discovering the arrival at truth. Our theological task begins with the question, “Is it true?”  What things are true and worthy of celebration as we seek answers throughout our life’s journey of faith?

REFERENCES:

  • Deuteronomy 18:15-20
  • Psalm 111 (UMH 832)
  • 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
  • Mark 1:21-28

Prayer

O God, whose Word endures forever, your voice causes astounding things to happen. We can only revere you when we experience your benevolent power. Thank you for raising up faithful messengers and sending your Son Jesus to draw us close to you. Give us the ability to listen and obey you. Direct our efforts to fulfill your will in our lives and as part of this congregation. May our offerings, gifts, and service bring joy to people here in our neighborhood and around the world. We pray through the Word incarnate, Christ, our Lord. Amen. (Deuteronomy 18:15-20)

Readings for the week ending January 21st

21 JAN Third Sunday After the Epiphany 2018

Rise Up! — MOVE 

The core response to today’s theme is found in the prayers of the people. Prayer becomes the primary way we begin to embody the action of “Move” in worship today. We pray with people who must move, or are called to move, or who by their position are involved in moving others. We also pray for ourselves, for the Spirit’s work to move us all from captivity to sin toward perfection in love in this life. We posit this as a possible altar call, a call to come forward to pray, as the response to the bidding prayer shifts from unison spoken response to ensemble and congregational singing.

REFERENCES:

  • Jonah 3:1-5, 10
  • Psalm 62:5-12
  • 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
  • Mark 1:14-20

Prayer

Lord God, our hope, you are the trustworthy guide of all your people. We are glad to be in relationship with you. Let us remember that you are the source and goal of our lives. Help us to turn away from the empty promises of advertising and to live in the fullness of your gospel. Send your Holy Spirit to bring perspective on our daily actions as we work for your Kingdom. Accept our offerings and gifts for the mission of the church today. We ask this through Christ, our risen Lord. Amen. (1 Corinthians 7:29-31)

 

 

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